Nun starts anti-HuntFest petition, Smith & Wesson’s pig pistol, triple-barrel Akkar 3 has arrived, New York Times column on the facts of rhino hunting, chance to present case for rec hunting in WA, Tassie scat survey
Nun starts anti-HuntFest petition
A nun on the Far South Coast of NSW has started a petition against what Bay Post journalist Emily Barton described as a “weapons display” and “killing games” in her report on the issue. The Eurobodalla Shire Council last month approved the display of firearms at HuntFest after receiving more support from the public than those against it, but Sister Laurel Clare Lloyd-Jones started the petition a month ago, and says she expected thousands of signatures. So far 67 people have signed it. The majority of comments below the story also support HuntFest and question Sister Lloyd-Jones’s education on firearms issues.
Smith & Wesson’s pig pistol
Pig shooting is one of the uses for Smith & Wesson’s new .460 hand cannon unveiled at the Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade (SHOT) Show in Las Vegas this week. The enormous Performance Center Model .460 revolver has a three-inch barrel, high visibility sights, synthetic shock absorber in the grip and a five-round chamber. Smith & Wesson’s Paul Pluff said in a Daily Mail report, “It’s a very comfortable gun to shoot. It’s great for a back-up gun in the back-country, or even for hunting if you’re going after some pigs or hogs or anything like that.”
Triple-barrel Akkar 3 has arrived
Our mates at NIOA have announced the arrival of the Akkar 3 12-guage shot extractor in 20- and 28-inch barrels and they reckon they’re beaut. The report from road testing the two models says the gun “swings superbly and is beautifully soft to shoot as well as having an excellent crisp trigger pull. The regulation and patterning are spot on and after 5 minutes shooting you forget that you’re not shooting a normal over and under.” The guns have a single trigger screw-in chokes, extractor, beavertail forend, and 3-inch chambers. The 20-inch weighs 3.66kg while the 28-inch comes in at 3.94kg and they’re available now.
New York Times column on the facts of rhino hunting
A column in the New York Times this week has a look at the issues surrounding the furore over the auctioning of a permit to shoot an old black rhino in Namibia. The column addresses the facts about the hunt and looks at the benefits the revenue generated by big game hunting has on stopping illegal poaching. It’s a well-reasoned article backed up with facts that makes for interesting reading.
Chance to present case for rec hunting in WA
The WA Government is holding an Inquiry into the ‘Potential environmental contribution of recreational hunting systems’. Submissions are due by Friday 28 March. The Inquiry’s terms of reference are that the Council acknowledges the use in other States of regulated, licensed recreational hunting systems and the potential environmental contribution made in controlling pest animals on public lands, together with the possible economic, cultural and recreational benefits to the community. The Public Administration Committee will inquire into the benefits or otherwise of a similar system being adopted in Western Australia to report by 4 December 2014. Written information about the form and content of submissions is available here. Submissions should be addressed to Ms Lauren Mesiti, Committee Clerk, Standing Committee on Public Administration, Legislative Council, Parliament House, Perth WA 6000 (fax (08) 9222 7805).
Tassie scat survey
As part of an expanded monitoring program to help manage invasive species in Tasmania, the Invasive Species Branch is undertaking an innovative predator scat (animal droppings) survey in 2014 to increase knowledge of native and invasive predators impacting on Tasmania’s wildlife. The scat survey will help identify the distribution and diet of native and invasive predators. The survey will run from March to June 2014 and will involve up to 300 survey units across eastern Tasmania. The Invasive Species Branch (ISB) is currently contacting landholders in the survey area with an invitation to participate in the survey. In addition to helping support an important project, participating landholders will have the opportunity to find out what wildlife they have on their property. The ISB is also looking for enthusiastic volunteers to assist with field work for the survey. If you enjoy working in the outdoors, have good observations skills and concentration, a good level of fitness and want to help protect Tasmania from invasive species, then please contact the Project Officer, Elise Dewar at Elise.Dewar@dpipwe.tas.gov.au or on 0447 914 626.